Wildlife Disease and Zoonotics


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Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife Division Report No. 3363


In mid-2001, the author of this report was invited to undertake an exploratory analysis of Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ data on bovine tuberculosis (TB) infection in wild white-tailed (Odocoileus virginianus) in the northeastern Lower Peninsula of the state. The aims of this analysis were:
• to quantify the geographic spread of tuberculous deer in Michigan;
• to investigate key factors influencing the prevalence of disease in the core of the infected area;
• to interpret the results in light of overseas experience with wildlife TB, with a view to
recommending how current management of the disease might be enhanced.